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Isabelle Needham-Didsbury

Research Student

Email: isabelle.needham-didsbury.10@ucl.ac.uk

Principal Supervisor: Robyn Carston

Subsidary Supervisor: Paula Rubio-Fernández

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Research Interests

Figurative uses of language and the distinction between metaphor and simile. How both theoretical and experimental pragmatics can inform these research topics. Use of language in psychotherapeutic exchanges and the intricacies of this unique discourse situation.

Dissertations

  • Needham-Didsbury, I. (2011). The Application of Metaphors in Psychotherapy. MRes Speech, Language & Cognition Thesis, University College London, UK.
  • Needham-Didsbury, I. (2008). Metaphors and Similes: Processes and Effects. BA Linguistics Dissertation, University College London, UK.

Publications

2013

Review of Idström & Piirainen’s “Endangered metaphors”. Intercultural Pragmatics, Vol.10, pp. 699-707

2012

The Use of Figurative Language in Psychotherapy. UCL Working Papers in Linguistics, Vol.24, pp. 75-93

Presentations (invited*, referred**)

2013

  • Needham-Didsbury, I. Metaphor in Psychotherapy: Implications for Utterance Interpretation. Meeting of the Bristol Centre for Linguistics. Bristol, UK. November 2013. [*]
  • Needham-Didsbury, I. Interpreting Metaphorical Meaning: Pragmatic Routes. 4th International Conference on Utterance Interpretation and Cognitive Models (UICM4). Brussels, Belgium, September 2013. [**]
  • Needham-Didsbury, I. The Use of Metaphorical Language in Psychotherapeutic Exchanges. The 2013 Metaphor Festival. Stockholm, Sweden. August 2013. [**]
  • Needham-Didsbury, I. Metaphorical Use of Language in Psychotherapy: Cognitive Motivations & Pragmatic Implications. Scandinavian Association for Language and Cognition (SALC IV). Joensuu, Finland. June, 2013. [**]
  • Needham-Didsbury, I. Psychotherapeutic Discourse: Implications for Pragmatic Routes of Metaphor Comprehension. UCL Linguistics PhD Day. London, UK, May 2013. [*]
  • Needham-Didsbury, I. The Application of Metaphorical Language in Psychotherapy. RaAM Specialised Seminar: Metaphor, Metonymy & Emotion. Poznan, Poland. May, 2013. [**]
  • Needham-Didsbury, I. Metaphoric Worlds - in Poetry & Psychotherapy. Cognition and Poetics (CaP-12). Osnabruck, Germany. April, 2013. [**]

2012

  • Needham-Didsbury, I. Metaphorical Language in Psychotherapy. 6th Interpreting for Relevance: Discourse and Translation, (IfRC). Warsaw, Poland. September, 2012. [**]
  • Needham-Didsbury, I. Extended Metaphors & Affective States. Preliminaries to an account of metaphor in psychotherapy. Meaning, Context & Cognition (MCC). Lodz, Poland. March, 2012. [**]
  • Needham-Didsbury, I. Extended Metaphors & Affective States. Preliminaries to an account of metaphor in psychotherapy. International Symposium on Intercultural, Cognitive and Social Pragmatics (EPICS V). Seville, Spain. (Poster). March, 2012. [**]
  • Needham-Didsbury, I. Extended Metaphors & Affective States. Preliminaries to an account of metaphor in psychotherapy. Psycholinguistics in the South East Workshop (PsyLingSE). London, UK. (Poster). March, 2012. [**]

Teaching Experience/Responsibilities

  • Teaching Assistant. PLIN2004: Pragmatics & Cognition. Spring 2013, UCL (~46 BA Students).
  • Student Representative, MRes Speech, Language & Cognition. UCL. 2010-2011.